Monday, September 03, 2007

No Place Like An RV

It wasn't the ideal holiday for a writer who requires copious amounts of solitude and space. Time: two months. Mode of Transport: Fleetwood Tioga Recreational Vehicle, 29', no pop-outs. Companions: one husband, two sons, and two labradors (both male). The testosterone level was high, high, high, and the space was small, small, small.

But as we drove through 25 of the United States, visited nine national parks, hiked, biked, and tasted small town hospitality, I began to see that the trip was the perfect gift for a zero-gen American like me. From sea to shining sea, the splendor of this land (is my land) was ... overwhelming. I felt much like I did when I walked into that Flushing, Queens library for the first time years ago and saw shelves of books waiting for me: "All this, for me?" Correct answer: "For us, beloved, so borrow, enjoy, but leave no trace."

It's good to be back on the Fire Escape.

Photo: Arches National Park, Utah.

8 comments:

Tricia said...

Welcome back, Mitali. You've been missed!

Liz B said...

Welcome back!

And while I like the idea of an RV (so compact! only have what you truly need! like a real life dollhouse), realistically, I need a toilet and a shower that doesn't move.

Can't wait to hear more about your summer.

Susan said...

Mitali! Welcome back. I've missed your posts.

Sherry said...

Welcome back, Mitali. The trip sounds like fodder for a story: Cross-Country Testosterone, or 3 to 1, Guys Win.

Mitali Perkins said...

Thanks, all, for the warm welcome back. Looking forward to re-joining the conversation with all of you ...

Jen Robinson said...

Welcome back, Mitali! You were definitely missed!

Mitali Perkins said...

Jen! I'm an introvert, too! Thanks for the good reading affirming my need for solitude. An RV for an introvert is as suitable as a cloister for an extrovert.

annie said...

What a great experience. I hope to do it someday!